Fun and Easy Art and Craft Ideas for Five in a Row Volume 1

Are you making plans to use FIAR in your homeschool? Good news! We’ve got you covered with a fun list of art and craft ideas you can use with volume 1 of Five in a Row.

Are you making plans to use FIAR in your homeschool? Good news! We've got you covered with a fun list of art and craft ideas you can use with Volume 1 of Five in a Row.

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Literature-based learning has been an important part of our homeschool life for years now; part of that stems from the beautiful books we experienced in our time using Five in a Row. We loved everything about our time with this curriculum choice and are even returning to it this year after some time away.

Because of our return, I’ve been thinking back to our time using previous FIAR volumes. That’s where this list of Five in a Row art and craft ideas for Volume 1 comes into the picture.

Five in a Row Art and Craft Ideas for Volume 1

  1. The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack and Kurt Wiese – The Purposeful Nest has a cute and easy painting craft of Ping walking across the Yangtze River.
This adorable Ping project makes a great addition to plans for Volume 1 of Five in a Row.
Photo credit: The Purposeful Nest

2. Lentil by Robert McCloskey – Explore shadows and facial expressions with this Lentil chalk pastel tutorial from You ARE an Artist.

3. A Pair of Red Clogs by Masako Matsuno – Gyotaku is a great art activity to enjoy with this book. You can learn more about the process through this Smithsonian article and check into these fake fish if you’d prefer not to use fresh real fish for the project. 

4. Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans – These Madeline hats from Enjoy the Learning Journey are so stinking cute!

This hat makes a crafty addition to your time reading Madeline through Five in a Row!
Photo credit: The Learning Journey

5. The Rag Coat by Lauren Mills – If you’re not into quilting, a no-sew fleece quilt project is a great option for this book. 

6. How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman – This continent mobile craft makes a fun addition to this row. In addition to the project instructions, consider marking each location from the ingredient search on the mobile by drawing an apple or the ingredient found there.

7. Who Owns the Sun? by Stacy Chbosky – We used this mixed media project for inspiration, but changed the text and colors in the project to reflect the message in this award-winning book.

Mixed Media Project for Kids for Who Owns the Sun? from Five in a Row, Volume 1

8. Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton – Break out the chalk pastels and construction paper again and enjoy this fun tutorial from Nana.

9. Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say – Origami projects like these boats are good for this one, but be sure to have some origami paper on hand before you start. 

10. The Glorious Flight by Alice and Martin Provensen – Consider making paper airplanes or snagging a wooden plane painting kit to go with this one.

11. Very Last First Time by Jan Andrews – This ice painting and this northern lights igloo are good options to go along with this book.

12. Storm in the Night by Mary Stoltz – Keeping Life Creative has great suggestions for rain storm process art. These projects are lovely and are good for younger kids and older kiddos alike.

13. The Clown of God by Tomie DePaola – Document your time reading this beautiful book by making faux stained glass windows or mason jar suncatchers.

Suncatchers like these resemble stained glass windows and can be a fun addition to your time rowing The Clown of God through Five in a Row.
Photo credit: MomDot

14. Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende and Harry Devlin – Have fun painting the Thanksgiving table scene from the book with You ARE an Artist’s chalk pastel tutorial. 

15. Another Celebrated Dancing Bear by Gladys Scheffrin-Falk – Try your hand at an etching project to match the illustration technique in this one. 

16. Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton – This sparkly winter process art project is a fun addition to this snow-themed book.

This winter process art is a great art activity to add to the snow-themed books in FIAR volume 1.
Photo credit: Stay at Home Educator

17. Papa Piccolo by Carol Talley – This gondola craft printout pairs nicely with Papa Piccolo’s Venetian setting.

18. Night of the Moonjellies by Mark Shasha – Grab some glow in the dark paint and paint your own moon jellies to go along with this row. 

19. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost – One last chalk pastel project rounds out this list of FIAR art and craft ideas for Volume 1.See these instructions from You ARE an Artist to learn more. 

What about you? Do you have art or craft suggestions to go along with Volume 1 of Five in a Row? If so, we’d love to hear about them.

Fun and Easy Five in a Row Art and Craft Ideas for Volume 1

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  1. Very nice works!
    I will definitely try these at home. I actually enrolled my son in the Art class program offered by and he is really enjoying the artworks. I will let him try these by next week.

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